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Mariela Griffor was born in the city of Concepcion in southern Chile . She attended the University of Santiago and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Griffor left Chile for an involuntary exile in Sweden in 1985. She and her American husband returned to the United States in 1998 with their two daughters. They live in Grosse Pointe Park , Michigan . She is co-founder of The Institute for Creative Writers at Wayne State University and Publisher of Marick Press. Her work has appeared in periodicals across Latin America and the United States Griffor Holds a B.A in Journalism and an M.A. in Communications from Wayne State University . Exiliana is her first book.
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Mariela Griffor was born on September 29, 1961 in the city of Concepcion in southern Chile. She attended the University of Santiago and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She left Chile for an involuntary exile in Sweden in 1985. She and her American husband returned to the United States in 1998 with their two daughters. They live in Grosse Pointe Park, MI where she works as Writer-in-Residence for Grosse Pointe Art Center. She is Director for the Poet's Follies Series. Mariela was the 2003 Detroit Woman Writer-in-Residence in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at WSU. She has been a contributing columnist for City Net Magazine, The South End, The Furnace Magazine, Puerto Norte y Sur, Wayne State Literary Review and a variety of English and Spanish language newspapers. She was the winner of The Pablo Neruda International Poetry Competition 2004 organized by The Chilean Cultural Association of Canberra and the Chilean Embassy in Australia. She was also the first prize winner of ONG Reencuentro in 2003. She is the recipient to the Certificate of Merit from the State of Michigan in recognition of exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership, and dedication to improving the quality of life in the State of Michigan. An international community activist and journalist, Ms. Griffor has also been a Community Relations Developer at a non-profit organization working for affordable housing in Detroit. A co-founder of The Detroit Institute for Creative Writers (DICW) Ms. Griffor holds a Montessori Teaching Certificate from the American Montessori Society, a B.A. in Journalism and a M.A in Communications from Wayne State University.
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